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Session 11

We are all enslaved to something

Read: Exodus 11

Blood. Frogs. Gnats. Flies. Disease. Boils. Hail. Locusts. Darkness. Nine destructive plagues and still Pharaoh refuses to free the Hebrews from slavery. Now God will unleash the crushing blow: death to all Egyptian firstborns. Pharaoh’s power as master over God’s people will end, and the slaves will walk away with the riches of their captors.

Like the Hebrews, we are born into slavery — not to an earthly kingdom, but to the kingdom of darkness (Colossians 1:13). Our master isn’t human. Our master is sin, but our freedom will also come through the death of a firstborn.

When Jesus left heaven and was born as a human He became God’s firstborn son (Hebrews 1:6). He came to reveal the kingdom of God. He died to destroy the kingdom of darkness (Colossians 2:15). All who call on Jesus for salvation are set free from slavery to sin and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a new life (John 8:34-36). Unfortunately, sometimes we still yield to sin even though we’ve been set free.

God brought the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt to show Himself to the world as a bondage breaker. Jesus rescued us from slavery to sin for the same purpose. Is there any area of your life that does not reflect the freedom Jesus provided for you?

Reflect:

  • Imagine you are locked in chains in a dark, dirty dungeon. How would you respond to the person who rescued you?
  • Remember where you were when you asked Jesus into your life? When is the last time you thanked Jesus for rescuing you? Will you take a few minutes now to thank Him for how your life has changed since He saved you?
  • As a Christian, is there a sin you feel has you captive? Confession is a powerful weapon in overcoming sin. Who can you confess it to this week?

1

What if the right thing costs you everything?

What if the right thing costs you everything?

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2

Are you in need of rescue?

Are you in need of rescue?

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3

Help is on the way

Help is on the way

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4

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

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5

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

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6

Will you let God set you free?

Will you let God set you free?

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7

Great success often starts with failure

Great success often starts with failure

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8

How to break a cycle of regret

How to break a cycle of regret

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9

What is your purpose in life?

What is your purpose in life?

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10

When you can’t see clearly

When you can’t see clearly

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11

We are all enslaved to something

We are all enslaved to something

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12

Freedom comes from following instructions

Freedom comes from following instructions

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13

How remembering the past shapes the present

How remembering the past shapes the present

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14

How to win the war

How to win the war

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15

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

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16

God’s presence is greater than His presents

God’s presence is greater than His presents

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17

God is our banner

God is our banner

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18

The gift we never knew we needed

The gift we never knew we needed

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19

The one person who never breaks a promise

The one person who never breaks a promise

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20

A new way to think about God’s commands

A new way to think about God’s commands

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21

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

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22

What if you are the thief?

What if you are the thief?

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23

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

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24

The key to effectiveness in the church

The key to effectiveness in the church

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25

Why you should give God your best

Why you should give God your best

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26

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

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27

What it means to be set apart

What it means to be set apart

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28

You were made to make a difference

You were made to make a difference

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29

Is impatience getting the better of you?

Is impatience getting the better of you?

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30

You’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me

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31

You can come to God after a mistake

You can come to God after a mistake

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32

What happens when everyone gives what God says

What happens when everyone gives what God says

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33

How to do more than you ever thought possible

How to do more than you ever thought possible

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34

How to prepare our hearts for worship

How to prepare our hearts for worship

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